Rappler faces another legal headache

Following their indictments for tax evasion and cyber libel, another criminal charge maybe filed against executives of Rappler led by its chief executive officer Maria Ressa before the courts.

This as the Pasig City prosecutor’s office has already wrapped up its preliminary investigation on the complaint filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against the controversial online news outfit for violation of the anti-dummy law.

The case is now submitted for resolution, a well-placed Justice Department source disclosed.

The source however refused to divulge the case’s details so as not to preempt the outcome of the DoJ resolution.

The DOJ ordered the NBI to probe Rappler for possible violation of the Commonwealth Act No. 108 or the Anti-Dummy Law after foreign ownership in Rappler was discovered.

The law prohibits foreigners from intervening in any “nationalized activity” such as the operation of a media company, which should have 100-percent Filipino control under the 1987 Constitution.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoked the registration of Rappler and Rappler Holdings Corp. (RHC) due to violation of the constitutional prohibition on foreign ownership.

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